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Flipping Through Kapital Lookbooks at Cotton Sheep - San Francisco

Life sometimes has a funny way of surprising you when you least expect it.

Every year, my wife and I try and take a trip out to the Bay Area, and in recent years that's meant trying to finagle a way to get myself to Unionmade's brick and mortar location in the Mission District. On our most recent visit, I found myself trudging through Hayes Valley trying to come up with an excuse for how I could scam my wife to get over there (Bi-Rite Creamery and Dolores Park have been bankable in the past) when out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of a window display with a mannequin clad in an artfully rumpled tweed jacket, faded patchwork bandana scarf, and indigo cotton sashiko pants. I had just discovered Cotton Sheep - the coolest little store I was never looking for.

Cotton Sheep is a small family-owned boutique specializing in Japanese labels like Kapital, Visvim, and a few others I'd never even heard of. Inside the store, you'll find an assortment of some the more …

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